Eyes Down, 2003
Paul O’ Grady’s first and to date only sitcom. Eyes Down ran for two series on BBC1 between 2003 and 2004, totalling fifteen episodes.
It was written by a fellow Liverpudlian Angela Clarke. She started her writing career in 2001 after sending in her first hand-written script to the BBC New Writing Scheme (an initiative searching for new talent).
The BBC press release in 2003 advised that “She was promptly put through to the Women’s Comedy Scheme, where she was so successful that she was then commissioned to write her first BBC comedy, Eyes Down”
Despite being set in a Liverpool Bingo Hall the show was filmed in Rayners Lane in London.
Paul O’ Grady stars as the manager of the Rio Bingo Hall in Liverpool (where else), acting as both manager and caller he presides over a motley bunch of staff.
Paul O’Grady – Ray Temple
Rosie Cavaliero – Christine
Edna Doré – Mary
Hazel Douglas – Kathline
Neil Fitzmaurice – Bobby
Margaret John – Kay
Beatrice Kelley – Kitty
Tony Maudsley – Martin
Eugene Salleh – Terry
Sheridan Smith – Sandy
Michelle Butterly – Pamela Henderson
Written By: Angela Clarke
Original transmission dates: 15th August 2003 – 27th December 2004